Swimming for people with disabilities

Woodlarks 2019 Review

The NASCH Annual General Meeting was held on the Sunday morning and once again gave the campers a small insight into the running of NASCH and the opportunity to meet the committee of the organisation.
Also the Chairman, Bob, and his wife, Val, were able to attend camp for the whole week, again providing a valuable asset into the running of the camp. The whole point of Woodlarks, as well as the camaraderie and good food, is being able to swim in the lovely heated open air pool and thanks to Helen Varney’s supervision, many people were able to take advantage of its offerings. Well done to all those who obtained NASCH Distance and Water Skills awards. The programme for the evening entertainment hopefully provided something for everyone and again brought forth the talents of some campers at the “Woodlarks Got Talent” evening. The outing to Paultons Park, a staunch favourite with most campers, did not disappoint as there were many new things to see and for those who do not find the rides appealing there are the themed gardens and the colourful rhododendrons and azaleas. The day of the garden fete was fine and so there were stalls in the grounds and some in the dining room. There were the usual stalls and attractions and again the campers and any visitors spent generously and a substantial amount was made for camp funds.
Sailing on Frensham Great Pond on the Wednesday, followed by the magnificent Barbeque provided by our cooks was the usual success. A few of the campers walked to the Pond and those who did not wish to sail sat by the club house watching the ducks and water fowl and enjoying the peace of Frensham with a coffee or cold drink. Thursday morning shopping in Farnham gives the opportunity to purchase any last minute requirements for the Fancy Dress theme for Party Night which was “Cops and Robbers” this year. After the parade to see who had the best costume the evening went with the usual swing. There was excellent party food and our good friend, Dave Tanner, provided his usual popular brand of music. Posh Nosh this year was lunchtime on Friday and tea early in the evening. Again, really excellent food!
Ces Turner, a long standing camper and helper, attended a Garden Party at Buckingham Palace during camp week with his daughter, Nicky, and son-in- law, Nigel. He popped in to see us on the way home.
Of course, as has been said before, Woodlarks Camp doesn’t just happen! For many years the Odiham Explorer Scouts have come to Woodlarks on the Friday evening before our camp to put up all the tents for us. Without their help the camp would not happen. Many thanks to our lovely Lorraine who bears the brunt of the administration and the trials and tribulations of running the camp! Thanks also to Jacqui and Tracey who manned the kitchen for the week and provided us with a varied menu. Also additional thanks to Tracey who supplied medical help when needed. Thank you also to the willing band of helpers and everyone who goes to camp. Without you ALL there would be no camp.
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